You have lost your job, and you don’t see many opportunities available that match your experience. Or, you have a feeling that in the near future your job will not exist. Or, you are just tired of your career, and are looking for a change. If any of these statements describe your situation, then it might be time to reinvent yourself.
These days, people are actually expected to change careers a few times during their working life. Since the economy is increasingly volatile, we need to be flexible, and ready to evolve professionally in order to fit the current labour market conditions.
Here are some suggestions of how to reinvent yourself, and find a new career:
Create an inventory of your skills. Reflect on your past education and experiences, and make an exhaustive list of your skills. Don’t leave anything out. A seemingly insignificant skill could be the key to your next job. Be sure to include your outside interests and volunteer work. The most lucrative career can begin as a hobby.
Explore your passions. Is there a job that you have always wanted to do, but have never had the opportunity? If so, then now is the time to explore that dream. What do you need to do to get it started? If you don’t have a particular dream in mind, then try to think creatively about the activities that you enjoy, and see if you can uncover a potential job.
Look at the market. Take a look at the jobs that you see advertised. Which positions are in demand? Which fields are growing? If you use the current labour market to your advantage, you will significantly increase your chances of success. Also, by looking at the positions that are available, you may uncover an unexpected opportunity.
Ask around. Ask your friends and family for their opinions. Don’t underestimate their insight. They have a less biased view of your skills and attributes, and they are able to see things that you aren’t. They are also knowledgeable about different fields and industries. You don’t need to follow every piece of advice that you receive, but do keep an open mind.
Embrace the change. Making a big career change is stressful, but it can also be a great adventure. Try to have fun with it. See it as an opportunity to expand on your boundaries, and view your challenges as obstacles to overcome. If you approach your career change with passion, employers will pick up on your enthusiasm, and will be more likely to take a chance on you. You are the creator of your own destiny. Get started.
All that we can count on is that things will eventually change. Those who are able to adapt, and seize the opportunities within the changes are the ones who will be successful. If you are flexible, innovative, and ready to try something new, then the world is yours.
(Written by Karen Bivand)